Planning Permission Records

The Planning Acts - currently the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 - impose restrictions on new buildings and certain extensions and alterations to existing buildings, and on change of use of a building or land (e.g. from business to residential). An application has to be made to the local planning authority which can grant the application completely or with conditions, or refuse permission. If permission is refused an appeal can be made to the Secretary of State who normally delegates the decision on the appeal to a planning inspector from the Planning Inspectorate. 

Planning applications can be viewed and downloaded using and appeals can be found at though for older documents, only held in paper form, it may be necessary to visit the council offices to obtain copies.

A planning permission application is an application for permission to change the use of land and/or build on it, so (unless it is retrospective application to regularise what already exists) it is prospective in that it seeks permission to do something in the future. Nevertheless planning applications may also reveal information about the then current use, and, among the accompanying plans, often there is an "existing site plan" as well as a plan of what is proposed. Even if there is no separate "existing site plan", often it is clear, on a plan of what is proposed, that some features are existing features already present on the ground. Thus planning records, if used carefully, can sometimes help to supplement information obtained from large-scale maps. 


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